St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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When Science and Technology Ignore a Deeper Truth

BISMARCK, N.D. — The announcement last month from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics in the United Kingdom that changing the DNA of a human embryo could be “morally permissible” is the most recent example of how some applications of science and technology can conflict with Catholic teaching.
The codicil to the U.K. announcement, “if it is in the child’s best interest,” is also an example of the manipulative language used in

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/when-science-and-technology-ignore-a-deeper-truth


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FORMED

FORMED is the revolutionary digital platform that gives St Joseph’s and St Mary’s parishioners unprecedented access to video-based study programs, feature films, audio presentations, and eBooks from the Church’s foremost presenters. Available in English and Spanish, this valuable evangelization tool is rich in Catholic content that contains video-based study programs, feature films and movies, audio presentations and eBooks. FORMED provides Catholics of all ages access to excellent Catholic resources 24/7. Our new FORMED Parish Program will officially launch on April 14 & 15, but parishioners are encouraged to engage in this online platform by logging onto http://www.stjosephstmary.formed.org Our unique Parish Access Code is Z2YWCF — The Be Bold Be Catholic Committee


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Why Do We Do That? Catholic Traditions Explained

Question: Why do we celebrate Catechetical Sunday?
Answer: The mission of the church reflects the mission of Jesus to teach, preach, heal, and forgive. Through these acts, Jesus shares the good news of salvation and invites all people to share in the life and love of God. The church continues this mission in all its ministries, but especially, and perhaps most importantly, through catechesis.
We will celebrate Catechetical Sunday next week. The task of handing on the Gospel is entrusted to the whole community, who by word and example, form young and new members in the way of the Gospel. Parish programs assist parents in teaching the basics of faith through liturgical experience, instruction, and faith formation. This ministry is essential for the parish to grow, for individuals to develop as believers, and for the ongoing spiritual formation of the whole community. It reminds the church that preaching the Gospel and growing in faith are essential to our sacramental practice and our liturgical prayer. On this Sunday, we recognize those who are called to be teachers and ask for God’s blessing and grace.


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Questions and Answers

Earlier this year we took a parish survey and had hoped to report the responses right away. The devastating blow of losing Pat and Carlotta Davis delayed our goal, but parishioners from Be Bold, Be Catholic formed a team to tally responses to be sure everyone’s concerns and interests could be addressed. While we wait for this full report, right now we can consider certain questions about the Bible or Catholic teachings, about which many parishioners indicated a strong interest in learning more. Continue reading


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‘What to Do When All Seems Dark?’ Pope Says, ‘Hope, Hold On’

What should one do when things are dark …. Pope Francis says to hope and hold on….

According to Vatican Radio, during his morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta today, Pope Francis expressed this as he urged Christians to be courageously anchored in hope, and never just ‘still.’

Francis drew his inspiration from today’s Letter to the Hebrews, which spoke about having courage to go forward…

https://zenit.org/articles/what-to-do-when-all-seems-dark-francis-says-hope-hold-on/


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Pope to Prisoners: ‘You Can Open a New Chapter of Your Lives’

Pope to Prisoners: ‘You Can Open a New Chapter of Your Lives’


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Thresholds of Conversion